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October 18, 2012

Dog days

Filed under: Uncategorized — jchatoff @ 12:12 am
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An eight hour round trip to the High Desert in 90-degree heat, but well worth it: Alice the Beagle has been retired to a 15-acre rescue ranch – but the deal was, leave one, take one, and so Lola is now in residence.

Portrait of Lola by Jan Stewart using the ‘Paper’ app.

Since she is a dachshund/something else mix, she fits the available space much better and since she is not a working dog by nature, she is as happy in the house as out of it.

But I am learning a lot about doxies – apparently they are notoriously stubborn and every expert warns against expecting too much.

Here is a nice bit from E.B. White about the breed, including his own doxie Fred:

“Being the owner of dachshunds, to me a book on dog discipline becomes a volume of inspired humor. Every sentence is a riot. Some day, if I ever get a chance, I shall write a book, or warning, on the character and temperament of the dachshund and why he can’t be trained and shouldn’t be. I would rather train a striped zebra to balance an Indian club than induce a dachshund to heed my slightest command. When I address Fred I never have to raise either my voice or my hopes. He even disobeys me when I instruct him in something he wants to do.”

Hmm – note to self: don’t raise your voice or your hopes…

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4 Comments »

  1. welcome lola !! happy days alice!!

    Comment by ursel — October 18, 2012 @ 11:21 am | Reply

  2. Oh she is a beauty, great good wishes my-friend.

    Comment by avery zia — October 18, 2012 @ 7:07 pm | Reply

  3. Reading the EB comment makes me want one too. You sis’ sketch is spot on. Are you having a baptism or any such thing- count me in.

    Comment by Carol — October 18, 2012 @ 7:16 pm | Reply

  4. I love that Lola drawing! šŸ™‚

    Comment by ninachat — November 11, 2012 @ 9:27 pm | Reply


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